Classes

CLASSES/SOCIAL DANCING

We dance at St Andrews United Reformed Church hall, London Road, Reading, RG1 5BD  – (enter from the car park in Craven Road at the door furthest from the road).

We run two classes from September to June – a graduated General/Mixed Ability Class and an Advanced Class. Both comprise a combination of technique and social dancing usually led by our resident qualified teachers but sometimes by committee or other club members. The emphasis is on fun and teamwork, as well as improving our skills and learning new dances.

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GENERAL (MIXED ABILITY) CLASS

Teachers: Steve Kelly and Kate Thomson

Guest Teacher: Deborah Draffin

Every Wednesday from 7 September 2022 to 26 April 2023

7.30 to 10.00 pm with a break for refreshments from 8.45 to 9.00

Mixed abilities from beginners to advanced: 7.30 to 8.45

Intermediate and above only: 9.00 to 10.00

The first half hour focuses on basic technique and instruction to improve the proficiency of steps, figures, etiquette and the understanding of dance terminology, with easier dances focused on beginners and improvers. The pace then quickens somewhat when beginners and improvers can learn and benefit from dancing with more experienced dancers. After the break, the pace and difficulty increase and the focus is more on social dancing at intermediate level. This last hour is not suitable for beginners.

Every Wednesday in May and June, the format changes slightly and the whole evening consists of social dancing for all abilities, led by guest teachers or committee/club members.

8.00 to 10.00 pm

Sometimes, the teacher for the coming week will provide cribs for his/her next class and these are available for downloading here:

Crib for dd/mm/yyyy [Link to download minicrib]

See past programmes from Wednesday classes.

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ADVANCED CLASS

Teacher: Anne Carter

The first two Thursdays of every month from 8 September 2022 to 8 June 2023

8.00 to 10.00 pm

This class is for capable, experienced and energetic dancers who are able to perform all steps and most formations to a good standard. The class pace will reflect this level of competency while still including technique and formation practice.

See past programmes from Thursday classes

Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary for cribs, videos, explanation of steps and formations and much more.